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Betsy’s Bash Up

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For a drifter the motorcycle is his sole and most valued possession. It is his house, car, TV, microwave, washing machine, and every other thing in the life of a normal man, all rolled into one. It’s the center of his world and when it stops his world stops with it. And so was I faced with a very real problem. With no home at which to return, no roadside assistance, no full coverage insurance, and no real money, how would I get this mess reassembled into one piece? Could it be done while on the road?


After the wreck I’d called Randy White; an old friend who owns the Sturgis Swap Meet where he sells used HD parts during the rally. Upon hearing of the accident Randy had generously offered the use of his Kansas farmhouse and what parts he had. He’d said I was welcome to say as long as needed. Just now the farmhouse lay only a hundred miles ahead and I intended to arrive by late afternoon. Although I’d known Randy and his wife Shirley for many years, I’d no idea of what their home life might be like. That was about to change.

The farm lay on a large plot of flat land that seemed indiscernible from the surrounding grasslands which fanned to the horizon in all directions. The old house was a weathered single story with large metal building out back. Around both sat every manor of old, and often collectible, car, van, tractor, trailer, motor-home, and even one train car.

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5-Ball/Bikernet/Paughco Bagger Part 4

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Editor’s Note: Life is nuts, and we’re all flying in multiple directions. I sincerely appreciate Paughco’s involvement in this project. Steve Massicotte, head of Product Development at Paughco, took to this project like a kid in a candy store. Every time I catch him on the phone he is pumped to the max about some aspect of this build.

Paughco, a historic custom motorcycle products company, is made up of diehard builders and enthusiasts. They don’t have any qualms at modifying Paughco products to test a new development and that’s constantly the case during this build.

They modified their classic Paughco frame configuration, the front fender mounting, and now we are playing with rear fender rails and fender mounting. Steve, determined to mount a classic ribbed fender, dug through swap meets and found a OEM flip fender. “These fenders were made from ’58-’72,” Steve said. “This is actually the last year of the flip ribbed fender for swing arm frames.”

Following is Steve’s description and notes about our progress:

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since we used the OEM early Springer front fender with the beaded edge on the side that defines the top and side skirts we wanted to do the same on the rear fender. the early 1958-72 FL 4-speed fender has this same defining beaded edge.

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I’m a disabled Vietnam vet and so is our Performance Editor, Ray C. Wheeler. We have a lot of close brothers who are also disable veterans. My brother, David is also Cambodia veteran.

I was honored to sit at a dinner table recently with my 93-year-old mom and Archie, a veteran from WWII. He was in Okinawa, when the Japanese surrendered. I was moved to know a man who was on the spot.

I also recently read a book by the mother of the Redhead of Redheads, Alison. Her mom, Betty Bettencourt Dodds wrote a book, The McClelland Civil War Letters, after she discovered a passel of letters written by two young brothers to their folks after they left home during the Civil War. Amazing book, easy to read. One of the sons was killed in New Mexico, fighting Apache Indians. The other, John McClelland fought from the beginning of the war until the very end, and was even in the procession for Lincoln’s funeral. Amazing.

I was caught off guard when he said his cousin attended the play at the Ford theater and saw John Wilkes Booth jump onto the stage after he shot the President. Incredible. Over 600,000 died in the Civil War and 60,000 died in Vietnam.

Here’s to all veterans, old and young. We all stood tall for Freedom. I wish our government would put Freedom first. It works, it’s what so many died for. – Read all of the news here


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Held On Saturday October 24th 2015 at Petersons Harley Davidson 19400 N.W. 2nd Avenue Miami Florida.
Phil was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin on February 24, 1924. He spent his early years on a Cherry Farm in Door County, Wisconsin until he enlisted in the Navy in 1942 and served on combat on destroyers, in both the Atlantic and Pacific, during WWII as a Machinist First Mate First Class.PPE-C Bikes Lined Up For Ride 15-150
He was a lifelong Harley Rider who started as a Circuit Racer and opened his first dealership in Key West Florida in the early ’50s followed by the Miami Gardens shop in ’65 and in ’06 he moved his Cutler Bay dealership to its current location in Miami.
If you lived in Florida and rode a Harley you knew who Phil Peterson was. Over the years, it included riders from all over the country. Phil was well known for the many charitable events he sponsored or was involved in and things he did for others. Some of the events included the Florida Key West Poker Run with the Rotary Club to raise money for Diabetes Research, the Children’s Cancer Caring Center, and the Red Cross Blood Donor Drives. He also sponsored the Toys In The Sun Run for the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Cancer Caring Center.

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The Last Love Ride….. For now?

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There will probably be a lot written about the last Love Ride, so adding my 2 cents. Might seem like small potatoes, but the Love Ride holds many great memories for me and at least one I think is important to share.
Petrina and I left Dago at 5:30 a.m. to get to Glendale by 8:00 a.m. for this last of the the great legacy, LoveRide 32. We actually arrived before 7:30 and lucky we did. Seems like they moved everything up an hour because of the rain, concerns about flooding and stuff, but it all went smoothly. The event was sold out, and probably one of the best ever. That is, if you value a totally smooth operation, great entertainment, and awesome motorcycles.
So, did they call it the finale, the last of the great Love Rides? Yes they did and please don’t ask me why. I know it’s been tough for a few years now but what a shame to call it done!

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12For some weeks Charlie and I had been touring Colorado together. But the weather had moved to a constant cold with frequent rain so we’d set a course on southbound interstate-25. The idea was to move quickly and directly south until the weather warmed to a comfortable degree, then grab back roads to enjoy a slow and easy ride south and east; for as is almost always the object on my travels, we would take the best action possible to insure the greatest level of pleasure attainable from this ride. Then, after attending the Bikes Blues & BBQs rally in Arkansas and visiting old friends there, I’d mosey towards New Orleans to roof B.B.’s house and enjoy the city for a while. As for Charley…well…it had not yet been determined when he’d turn home for Hutchinson, Kansas.


Just now however, evening was setting in as we traversed a freeway frontage road just south of Pueblo in search of private country land on which to stay the night. From the right I could hear sounds of the freeway elevated some 15 feet above, while to the left we both eyed the open field that led off to groups of trees in the distance. Thinking I’d spotted a dirt road in, I’d slowed quickly to make that turn. That’s when it happened…3


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Bikernet Baggers: Come on Gramps, Take Stanley on a Trip

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“Can you take Flat Stanley on a trip? It’s either I send him to you or Ramzy, (my grandson), but I decided I want Stanley to come see you, so you can take him with you on a trip and take some pictures. He needs to go on an adventure.”
She goes on about the project and says her teacher will be mailing out a package with directions and Flat Stanley on Monday. Seven going on 40! She sounds like a travel agent brokering Stanley’s next itinerary!
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After the call, I wonder: what the hell is a Flat Stanley? Glad GOOGLE is around to find out…….

Well, it’s taken from a book written in 1963 by Jeff Brown. Stanley and his younger brother Arthur are gifted with a large bulletin board by their dad, Mr. Lambchop. He wants the boys to use it to display posters and pictures. Mr L hangs the board on the wall over Stanley’s bed. While he is sleeping one night the board falls off the wall and flattens Stanley as he lays sleeping. He survives, and begins living life as a flat person- being able to slide under doors, etc, and even being used as a kite by Arthur. Stanley is then mailed off in an envelope to visit friends for an adventure. Stanley tires of the “flat life,” so Arthur blows him back up to his normal shape with a bicycle pump.
OK, I decide, we can have some fun with this….Rogue and I are heading south in a few days….and Lil Fij, our Key West Virgin decided to come along after graduating MMI, so Stanley was just in time to ride shotgun in the “43rd Annual Phil Peterson’s Key West Poker Run.” However, snail mail was a little slow getting Stanley to us, so we had to peel out, and ended up making a new Stanley on the road! (Thank you Google Images!)
Miami, here we come!

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Skull & roses Love Ride Reports, Bad Government Alerts, Freedom Fights, Hot Products, and Bad Jokes.

This news is packed with interesting shit. You can’t say we don’t give you controversial elements to ponder between working on bikes, chasing broads, and whiskey. Just don’t over do it.

Recent news flash. Paisano Publications boss, Joe Teresi, recently sold the Easyriders buildings. The two 10,000 square foot buildings were once packed with Easyriders peeps, crew, staff, and editors. Not sure what’s happening next.

The Bikernet Weekly News is sponsored in part by Cycle Source, Iron Trader, and ChopperTown. Let’s hit it. Read the news here.

The Bikernet Blur Feature

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At a Paris, France bicycle racing stadium (Le Velodrome du Bois de Vincenes), the Hendee Indian recreates past Board Track glories. In addition, back in the day, motorcycles were once used to “draft” racing bicycles.
At a Paris, France bicycle racing stadium (Le Velodrome du Bois de Vincenes), the Hendee Indian recreates past Board Track glories. In addition, back in the day, motorcycles were once used to “draft” racing bicycles.

You can spot a vintage Indian board tracker racer a mile away thanks to its drooping handlebars as well as spindly “hardtail” bicycle type frame and narrow 2 ¼ inch tires. With clutchless ferocious motors and minus brakes, you counted on your feet when trying to come to a stop after 100+ mph. A splinter lifted up from the well-hammered timber boards could wreak havoc with bike and rider not to mention spectators.

There were two controls, a spark advance and a kill switch both used to control speed while leaving the throttle wide open. Of the “splinter” machines that carved their way across high-banked (65 degrees), oval wooden race tracks in the U.S. circa 1913-1930, they stand out as perhaps the most beautiful motorcycles ever made.
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Bikernet Contributor Scooter Tramp Scotty: Against the Odds

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Because the three travelers portrayed here offer such a powerful message, I’m compelled to bring a piece of it to you here. By the end of this article I will have gotten to the point and hope that the idea will have bled through in sufficient quantity to affect the lives of at least a few.
For each rider I’ll offer what little I know from our encounters together. Though this may not provide an abundance of information, I believe it will be enough.
I’ll start with Rocky—who got his name because be used to travel with a raccoon.
For some years I’d seen this guy working at the large motorcycle rallies for a big outfit called Racepro. They sell a variety of motorcycle accessories such as carburetors, clutch mods, etc. Though I’m familiar with these guys because I also work for vendors and we all tend to know each other at least to some extent, it wasn’t until this year when Racepro hired me to help set up their outfit that and I came to know Rocky. It seemed impossible not to find his story intriguing.
A friendly little dude who’s quite the perfectionist, Rocky was born completely deaf. Although he has a good home and wife of multiple decades, for the entirety of his 70 years this guy has been an avid, if not obsessed, motorcyclist. In his youth Rocky was heavily immersed in the dirt bike scene and spent much of his time at the motocross track while working as mechanic for some of the largest racing outfits out there. Unable to hear the tone of a motor, it’s said that Rocky can tune an engine to perfection by the feel of vibration coming through the handlebars.

– You can read the rest the article about Rocky, Michelle, and Brother Speed here.